Shell Rotella Gets Even Better
Jul 3, 2009
Way back in the day (well not that far back, 1999) when I purchased my first diesel-powered vehicle (1982 Jetta Diesel - no snickering please) it came to my attention that there was something known as diesel motor oil. Previously I had never owned a diesel-powered anything so a bit of research was necessary to figure out what exactly a diesel oil was. One brand name that always popped up in my Internet research was Shell Rotella. Ten years later, some recent Googling shows that this oil is still very popular with diesel owners. Building on the brand, Shell Oil has now introduced a 5W40 synthetic version of Rotella: Shell Rotella T Synthetic 5W-40.
The new, synthetic version boasts 34% better wear performance and a 36% improvement in soot control. Shell's research also indicates a possible 1% increase in fuel mileage. For a commercial user this possibility of increased mileage could amount to a fair bit of extra change in your wallet but for your average private users not enough to warrant this as a consideration. In any case, the wear performance and emissions benefits are enough to consider switching to this new, full synthetic version.
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